Monument to Imre Nagy/Remembrance Day (Oct. 23)

Monument to Imre Nagy/Remembrance Day (Oct. 23)

Monument to Imre Nagy/Remembrance Day (Oct. 23)
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Neighborhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
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  • Kossuth Lajos tér • 2 min walk
  • Arany János utca • 7 min walk
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina65,227 contributions
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Jun 2018 • Solo
This is a monument Imre Nagy, the Prime Minister who together with the vast majority of Hungarians revolted in 1956 against rule by the USSR. Two years after the failed Hungarian revolution, Nagy was executed on charges of treason. I came across it by chance, when walking from the Parliament buildings o St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). I learned of the significance of the statue after returning from my walk. It is set in a nice little-treed park or place to sit, relax, and meditate.

Be careful when walking on the bridge. The surface is rough and likely very slippery when wet.
Written June 15, 2018
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LaNyonsaise
West Midlands, UK929 contributions
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Oct 2017 • Couples
We noticed this intriguing statue whilst strolling through the parliament quarter and looked for a plaque without success. Later, we googled it and were stunned to learn that this is a monument to a former prime minister who was executed. A tragic story that deserves to be better known. Most people simply clambered over the bridge to have a photo taken with the man in the hat. No wonder he is looking pensively towards the parliament. His ghost should haunt the place. It's difficult to imagine any other country allowing tourists to climb over a memorial to a former leader. I'm sad that I couldn't reflect on its significance at the time and feel I should go back.
Written October 11, 2017
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DeanMurphy2020
Orlando, FL7,549 contributions
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Jun 2016 • Solo
During Imre Nagy’s second term as Hungarian Prime Minister, his anti-Soviet government was disbanded during the failed 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Tried by Soviets for treason, he was executed in 1958, buried in an unmarked grave. Soviets forbade his name to be mentioned, even on a grave stone, but he became a symbol of freedom. His remains were reinterred in 1989, when 200,000 attended his funeral.

The statue symbolizes the freedom figure facing Saint Stephen’s Basilica and Parliament, both of which symbolize the past. The life-size statue is in the center of the bridge, suggesting he’s crossing over to an unknown future. Very moving memorial!
Written July 24, 2016
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nyjafo
New York City, NY47 contributions
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A well deserved memorial to a man who had the courage to stand up to tyranny knowing full well that no one had his back. He and the Hungarian people were the first to crack open the Iron Curtain. They paid a heavy toll, but in the end history was on their side.
Written November 27, 2014
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MadagascarJoe
Whitehaven, UK112 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Couples
After learning who Imre Nagy was while helping my daughter revise for her history exam. We took time to find his statue which is next to the Margaret Bridge. He stands on a his little bridge looking up towards the parliament building.
Written December 7, 2019
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Meg G
Houston, TX109 contributions
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Dec 2018
Very weird situation....
we walked by this statue with our tour group and took pictures.
The very next day we walked by again to get to the Parliament and the entire statue with the bridge was no longer there.
Instead people lit candles and brought flowers.
Very confused I asked a couple people who were there about it but unfortunately I do not know Hungarian and there English was very limited.
What I gathered was that the state took the monument in the middle of the night because they weren’t ok with him being honored.
Not sure if this is correct, but very puzzling situation.
Written December 28, 2018
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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,321 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Solo
Imre Nagy attempted to test the limits of Nikita Khrushchev's destalinisation idea in October 1956 when tragically briefly for a few weeks in October 1956 the people of Budapest took on the might of the Soviet army (occupying them since 1945 and effectively guaranteeing one party rule) and the hated ARVO (the local secret police) under Nagy's leadership and looked as if they might succeed in establishing a regime that was neither Soviet poodle nor Soviet stooge. Nagy and his supporters had 21 demands. Some Khrushchev might have considered. but the key ones: full political freedom including a multi-party system, press freedom and freedom of speech and above all Hungary's wihdrawal from the Warsaw Pact so it could be politically neutral (like neighbouring Austria - a fact Khrushchev had agreed to the previous year) were unacceptable to Khrushchev. The limits of his willingness to reform the stalinist system were tested to the limit by this unassuming, moustachioed and bespectacled politcian who showed that political heroes don't always look like heroes. Nagy's uprising failed in a deluge of bullets and arrests. The man himself was arrested, denounced, tried and rapidly executed for treason. His grave is in Paris's Pere lachaise Cemetery but at last there is an appropriate and dignified memorial to him on the square just behind Parliament. You can walk over the bridge and pose with him and note how calm and knowing he looks. What would he think of Hungary's current government? or Putin? Or Trump? Not much I expect - so it is great that this is here.
Written August 8, 2018
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MJN63
Zionsville, IN513 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Couples
Very nice monument of a key historical figure in relatively recent Hungarian history - Imre Nagy. He stands resolutely looking at the Parliament building which was the site of him speaking publicly and attempting to lead the Hungarian people to a better, freer life under communism the early 50s. Sadly his efforts led to a sham trial and his execution. You will need to read up before or after your visit as there is no information at the monument site. The monument sits in a small park just off the corner of the parliament green. Worth a stop if you are in the area.
Written June 14, 2014
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China160,003 contributions
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Mar 2014 • Couples
One of the things you can see in the historic city centre of Budapest is the intriguing statue of Imre Nagy standing on a small bridge, facing the Hungarian Parliament building. The statue is situated around halfway between Parliament and Liberty Square.

Unfortunately, there is no information or plague posted in the area so you'll need to read up in advance of visiting this minor attraction in order to understand what you are looking at.

The Imre Nagy Statue was erected in 1996. It is a thought provoking perspective of the former two-time Hungarian Prime Minister. It shows Imre Nagy in hat and trench coat, staring into the distance in deep contemplation. One wonders if he was considering his own fate prior to his execution by the Soviets in 1958 or if he was considering the fate of the nation under Communist rule.

We enjoyed seeing the Statue of Imre Nagy more than others scattered around the city. It is a honourable gesture to a beloved Hungarian hero and is a monument that can be easily seen if you intend to visit Parliament and/or Liberty Square.
Written April 2, 2014
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SEBESZ
Chicago, IL4,870 contributions
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Sep 2012 • Couples
Located just a stones throw away from Parliament this is a nice stop either on the way to or from.

The statue is situated in a very nice little park and is dedicated to Hungary's prime minister who only served a few short days but permanently changed his countries direction.

Read up on his contributions before going and you will appreciate the statue that much more.
Written February 12, 2013
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